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  • ‘No limit to refugees Germany can take in’

    08/31/2015 4:42:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 Aug 2015 10:34 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s top official dealing with refugees said on Monday that there was “no upper limit” to Germany’s capacity for taking in people in need of asylum. The comments from Manfred Schmidt, head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) are certain to provoke anger in some quarters of the political spectrum. Schmidt told Der Spiegel he was “convinced” that Germany and its citizens were prepared for the task that is entailed by taking so many people into the country. …
  • Tiny EU task force set up to counter Russian propaganda

    08/30/2015 3:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 28 Aug 2015 - 08:51 | Georgi Gotev
    A small group of eight officials in the European External Action Service will engage in efforts to respond to massive Russian propaganda directed both at the home and international audiences. European Commission spokesperson Catherine Ray confirmed yesterday (27 August) that the group will start work from 1 September. Eight people will initially make up the task force, officials said. No budget has been allocated and several of the task force members are detached national experts, paid by their countries. Meeting on 19-20 March, EU leaders gave High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini three months to work out how to...
  • [Islamic] Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

    08/30/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 28, 2015 | 7:15 AM EDT | Mark Trevelyan
    The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. The flow has continued unabated through August. Once inside the bloc’s borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals—many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over...
  • From the Fire of Ukraine’s Civil War—A New Jewish Shtetl?

    08/30/2015 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 8/30/2015, 3:51 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Anatevka is coming to life once again: a quickly-built neighborhood for thousands of Jewish refugees of the raging Ukrainian war. The past 16 months of armed conflict between Russian-supported self-declared republics and the Ukrainian government has wrought havoc in the country. The warfare thus far has cost 6,200 casualties, and no fewer than 1.2 million homeless refugees. The new “Anatevka” is being built outside Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev, as a private initiative of Ukraine’s Jewish Community and its Rabbi, Moshe Asman. …
  • Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close

    08/28/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close in Just Six Months { Full title ]. New European Union tax rules introduced in January have already driven thousands of small companies out of business, with thousands more set to follow as awareness of the change in the VAT law grows. Research has shown that incompetence on the part of collecting agencies has further added misery to the situation. After an eight-year consultation which excluded the voices of micro-businesses, the EU introduced new rules on VAT returns at the beginning of this year, which required...
  • Surpise: EU carbon credit scheme was used to generate cash with no carbon reductions

    08/25/2015 2:17:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    h ^ | 08/25/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The European carbon credit program, developed in conjunction with the United Nations, is working out just fabulously. Well… it’s at least working out fabulously for a few people. Similar to programs being developed here in the United States by climate warriors, it offers “flexibility” to various countries so it can be tailored to their individual needs. For example, if you are able to make big cuts in your carbon emissions, you get a lot of these “credits” applied to you. If there are other countries who are a bit fatter with cash but can’t manage the changes required to...
  • People Are Rioting Against The Arrival Of Refugees In Eastern Germany

    08/22/2015 9:17:05 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI ^ | 8-22-2015 | Reuters
    Reuters August 22, 2015 BERLIN (Reuters) - At least 31 German police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in an eastern German town in the early hours of Saturday, police said. In one of the country's biggest demonstrations against the influx of refugees, police in Heidenau, near Dresden, used pepper spray on right-wing demonstrators who were trying to stop busloads of asylum seekers reach their accommodation. The outbreak of violence by right-wing radicals followed a peaceful demonstration of some 1,000 people against the roughly 250...
  • The Latest: French official confirms ID of train attacker

    08/22/2015 12:47:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 22, 2015 3:06 PM EDT
    A French official close to the investigation says police have positively identified the train gunman as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said earlier Saturday that Spanish authorities had alerted French intelligence to him in February 2014 because he “belonged to the radical Islamist movement,” and the French put him on a security watch list. El-Khazzani was identified through his fingerprints, according to the official, who insisted on not being identified by name because of the ongoing probe. …
  • Immigration Will Be The Defining Issue Of This EU Referendum Campaign

    08/21/2015 5:45:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 21, 2015g | Nigel Farage
    Immigration Will Be The Defining Issue Of This EU Referendum Campaign When the referendum comes, the British people will finally have their chance to reject these open borders by saying No to the European Union By Nigel Farage 21 Aug 2015 The results of Ipsos-MORI’s new poll are astounding - yet unsurprising. They describe the real concern that the majority of British people have for uncontrolled immigration: half of the respondents rank it as one of their biggest worries, compared with just over a quarter who said their greatest fear was the economy. It is particularly interesting that this concern...
  • Gunman 'injures three after firing Kalashnikov' on Amsterdam-Paris train: latest

    08/21/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15 | James Rothwell
    A man has been arrested after firing a Kalashnikov rifle on board an Amsterdam-Paris train, according to French media. Le Parisien reports that a Briton and an American are "seriously" wounded. A third person, the French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, was also wounded and is said to have raised the alarm. La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in the Calais region, said a man was arrested on suspicion of firing the weapon on a Thalys train near the northern town of Arras. Police say that have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister,...
  • Prosecutors launch case against CIA double agent (Germany)

    08/20/2015 10:56:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Aug 2015 16:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Federal prosecutors have brought charges against a former worker at Germany’s foreign intelligence agency who is suspected of passing information to American spies. The 32-year-old former Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) worker is accused of treason, infringing official secrets and corruption after passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in exchange for cash. […] The alleged spy joined the BND in 2007 and worked for the CIA from 2008, they said. He passed documents and confidential internal information about the work and personnel of the BND to his American handlers in exchange for payments totaling €95,000. A search of the accused’s computer...
  • Merkel says migrants bigger challenge for EU than debt crisis

    08/18/2015 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 17 August 2015
    Chancellor Angela Merkel today condemned a surge in German attacks on refugee shelters and warned that the issue of asylum could become a bigger challenge for the European Union than the Greek debt crisis. Asked about more than 200 arson attacks against homes for asylum-seekers seen in Germany this year as the country faces a record influx of refugees, Merkel said: "That is unworthy of our country." Merkel warned that waves of refugees would "preoccupy Europe much, much more than the issue of Greece and the stability of the euro". "The issue of asylum could be the next major European...
  • Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN

    08/18/2015 7:05:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Aug 2015 11:51 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe must work out a fairer way of sharing refugees, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis would likely prove a greater political challenge for Europe than Greece. […] On Tuesday, business daily Handelsblatt reported that the federal government would release forecasts on Wednesday showing that it expects as many as 750,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year—an increase of two-thirds over the previous official estimate of 450,000. Sweden may take up to 74,000 asylum seekers this year, and took 13 percent of the European total in...
  • Ireland now at greater risk of ‘lone wolf’ radical attack than from sectarian terror (i.e. Islam)

    08/13/2015 1:26:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Irish Central ^ | August 12, 2015 01:05 AM | Frances Mulraney
    Irish security services have confirmed that they feel there is a much greater risk of a “lone wolf” terror attack by radical Muslims than from so-called “dissident” republicans. Sources told the Sunday Independent that they believe the radicalization of young Muslims in Ireland to be a more serious issue than those using the title of “dissident” republicans, whom they now believe are using such names to hide their criminal activities. […] Although there have been only two known arrests made in Ireland this year of those suspected of being radical Islamists, one Irish and one Eastern European, Defense Minister Simon...
  • Russia and NATO rehearsing for war, report says

    08/13/2015 12:34:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12 Aug 2015, 09:17 | Andrew Rettman
    Russian and NATO drills indicate they are “preparing for a possible confrontation”, in a political climate which risks accidental war, a British think tank warns. The European Leadership Network (ELN), a London-based NGO, profiled a massive Russian exercise in March and a smaller NATO drill, called Allied Shield, in June. […] With both Russia and NATO using live fire, and with attempts to monitor what the other side is doing leading to “close military encounters” between Russian jets and NATO naval assets, the ELN warns the activities risk making “war in Europe more likely”. “We do not suggest that the...
  • EU accused of ‘intimidating’ whistleblowers

    08/13/2015 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13 Aug 2015 09:12 | Andrew Rettman
    Transparency International, a leading NGO, has accused EU law chiefs in Kosovo of “intimidation” of potential whistleblowers. It spoke out on Tuesday (12 August) on the case of Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor, who used to work for EULEX, the EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo—the biggest and most expensive EU operation of its kind. Bamieh, last year, lost her job amid a swirl of corruption allegations against EULEX. She then hired a UK law firm, Bindmans LLP, to hit back at the EU mission at the London Central Employment Tribunal, which is to hold its third hearing on...
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. “We have indications that there was an attack with chemical weapons” against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from “respiratory irritation,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. […] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. …
  • Muslim Asylum Seeker Beheads IKEA Shopper in Sweden

    08/12/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/12/15 | Jim Hoft
    A Muslim asylum seek beheaded an IKEA shopper in Sweden this week and killed another one. (Photo Bare Naked Islam) In response to the violent murders IKEA will quit selling kitchen knives in its store. It’s IKEA’s fault for displaying knives in the store.
  • Air France Puts Israel Back on its Map

    08/12/2015 2:40:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 8/12/2015, 2:11 PM | Ari Yashar
    Air France on Wednesday responded to popular backlash and put Israel back on its in-flight maps, after shocked passengers documented how the maps wiped Israel out even while listing “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip”—areas that don’t even have flight service. […] The issue was first publicized by the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, which two weeks ago published photos of the map with the text: “Apparently, Air France removed Israel/Tel Aviv from their flight tracker map, despite the fact Tel Aviv is one of their official destinations. Additionally, they now note ‘West Bank’ and ‘Gaza Strip’ despite the fact neither...
  • [German] Police union wants EU border controls back

    08/11/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Aug 2015 16:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s second-largest police union on Tuesday called for the reintroduction of internal European border controls and demanded more personnel to deal with a record flood of refugees. “From a policing point of view, a return to border controls would be the best of all measures,” said Rainer Wendt, chairman of the German Police Union (DpolG), in a newspaper interview. The union, which wants an extra 1,000 personnel, was later Tuesday to show Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre the “catastrophic conditions” for overworked police near the German-Austrian border. …
  • Dutch soldiers forced to shout 'bang' because they are out of bullets

    08/08/2015 7:04:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    belfasttelegraph.co.uk ^ | 8/6/2015 | unknown
    Dutch soldiers have apparently been shouting “bang, bang” when they shoot their weapons because of an ammunition shortage.
  • Immigration is Europeans’ biggest concern, poll finds

    08/07/2015 10:11:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2. Aug 2015 10:01 | Benjamin Fox
    Immigration is the most pressing concern for Europeans, overtaking the economic situation and unemployment, according to a new Eurobarometer survey. Thirty-eight percent of Europeans regard immigration as their main policy priority, the spring Eurobarometer poll published on Friday (31 July) found, a 14 point increase from last autumn. Migration has been pushed up the political agenda as thousands of migrants from north and sub-Saharan Africa cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in Europe. According to Frontex, the EU’s border agency, 153,000 migrants had landed in Europe by the end of June this year, a 150 percent...
  • European industry hopes to profit from Obama’s new climate plan

    08/07/2015 10:06:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 4 Aug 2015 09:30 | Lisbeth Kirk
    European wind and solar industries have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s new climate plan while European politicians see Washington’s move as a positive signal ahead of UN climate talks in Paris. "We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged", said Obama on Monday (3 August). The Clean Power Plan establishes for the first time national standards for limiting carbon pollution from American power plants and aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. It also says that renewables should account for 28 percent of US energy...
  • Plugging Leaks: Merkel’s War on Germany’s Press and Parliament

    08/07/2015 9:37:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 07, 2015 – 08:15 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    In recent months, Germany’s government and intelligence agencies have gone after journalists and parliamentarians in an effort to keep classified information secret. Now, their efforts have resulted in a bona fide scandal for Berlin. […] In recent days, the chancellor, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre have sanctimoniously thrown their support behind freedom of the press. But reality often looks different. In reality, senior government officials and intelligence agency heads in Germany have long been pursuing a policy of intimidating and deterring journalists and their sources. Leaks and whistleblowers are being hunted down and criminalized. Treason,...
  • German Police Warn of De Facto No-Go Zones

    08/06/2015 9:30:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Gatestone Institute via Clarion Project ^ | Mon, August 3, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    Spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by immigrants from the Middle East and the Balkans are turning parts of Duisburg, a key German industrial city, into “areas of lawlessness”—areas that are becoming de facto “no-go” zones for police, according to a confidential police report that was leaked to the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The report, produced by the police headquarters of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state of Germany (and also the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany), warns that the government is losing control over problem neighborhoods and that the ability of police to maintain public...
  • Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

    08/04/2015 3:54:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Time ^ | 7/28 | Dan Kedrney
    “Animal rights come before religion” Editor’s note: This story was published in error; it incorrectly suggested that Denmark’s ban is new. See correction appended Denmark enacted a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals in 2014, prompting a furious backlash from Jewish and Muslim community representatives.
  • Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power

    08/03/2015 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 03 Aug 2015 10:20 GMT+02:00
    According to Germany’s most influential political magazine, Spiegel, Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term in power and has already started talks on who will run her campaign. […] If Merkel were to be re-elected in 2017 and then serve a whole four-year term, she would have been chancellor for 16 years, thus tying Helmut Kohl (CDU), who was chancellor from 1982-1998, as the longest serving chancellor in the history of the Bundesrepublik (the post-1945 German state). …
  • Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

    08/02/2015 11:15:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 30, 2015 – 04:47 PM | Michael Sauga, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult
    History has shown that when a government wants to solidify its power, it has to turn its subjects into taxpayers. The Roman Empire demanded high tribute payments from every tribe it had newly conquered. And the United States developed from a commonwealth to a federal state when, in the 18th century, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton achieved uniform duties and taxes for the entire union, initially on whiskey, because it was so lucrative. Politicians in the eurozone are now seeking to emulate the historic model from the early years of the United States. The unnerving bargaining over the latest Greece bailout...
  • Are we on the threshold of a United States of Europe?

    08/02/2015 7:50:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 27 July 2015 1:41PM | Matthew Dal Santo
    Four days ago, French President François Hollande declared his in-principle commitment to the creation of a “euro government, with the addition of a specific budget and a parliament to ensure democratic control.” This is more an opening gambit in a debate about the terms of putative federalization (a term Hollande was careful to avoid), than a statement of French commitment to it at all costs. If some form of federalization comes about, it will not be because the French especially desire it, but because the logic of the Euro ultimately demands it. […] Germany is also in a better position...
  • Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list

    07/31/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:03 AM EDT
    A German federal court has ruled that the country’s spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency. A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions. …
  • Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law

    07/30/2015 8:14:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 10:35 AM EDT | Aida Cerkez
    Amid the protests of thousands of workers, the Bosnian-Croat regional parliament on Thursday adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs. […] The law makes laying off workers somewhat easier and regulates severance terms. It introduces Western-style working contracts that no longer guarantee employment until retirement. […] The former labor law was inherited from the communist regime and offered wide protection to workers but was not business-friendly. It was partly the reason for the 40 percent unemployment rate. …
  • Tax cuts to encourage emigrants to return says Prime Minister (of Ireland)

    07/27/2015 6:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 25, 2015 04:02 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he aims to reduce taxes to encourage the return of emigrants. Speaking at the MacGill Summer school on Friday, where several dozen anti-water charge protesters gathered ahead of his address, the Taoiseach said the tax rate was “too high a rate and kicks in too early.” Kenny said he plans to cut the 7 percent rate of Universal Social Charge in the forthcoming budget, the Irish Times reports. “In doing so, we will bring down the marginal rate of tax paid by people earning less than €70,000 to less than 50 percent.” …
  • New poll shows Ireland wants Leo Varadkar as leader (SSM pusher)

    07/27/2015 6:05:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 23, 2015 04:10 AM | Paddy Clancy
    Health Minister Leo Varadkar is the overwhelming favorite among the public and Fine Gael supporters to be the next leader of the party. A poll for The Sunday Times shows 34 percent of people would like to see Varadkar, who came out as a gay in January, take over from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “It’s always nice to get positive feedback from the public, but there is no vacancy. Enda is the leader and I have my hands full in health and a lot of work to do,” Varadkar said. …
  • France targets carbon tax in energy transition law (quadruples rate in five years)

    07/27/2015 12:44:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 27 Jul 2015 08:03 | (Journal de l’Environnement | translated by Samuel White)
    The debate is finally over. After more than a year of national consultations, draft bills and parliamentary discussions, French MPs finally adopted the bill for an Energy Transition for Green Growth on Wednesday 22 July. The substance of this far-reaching bill was subject to significant re-shaping by both houses of the French parliament, as well as the government. […] The adopted bill contains several last minute additions, including a Senate amendment to increase the carbon tax on fossil fuel use to €56 per ton in 2020, a four-fold increase, and €100 in 2030. “The trajectory of the carbon tax increase...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Londonderry to be renamed Derry as Unionists cry foul (Northern Ireland)

    07/25/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 24, 2015 09:04 AM | Cathy Hayes
    The Derry City and Strabane District Council have voted in favor of moving to officially changing the name of Londonderry to Derry. Unionists are describing the decision, voted upon on Thursday evening, as “sectarian” and “disgusting.” The vote passed with the full support of Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Independent councillors, despite opposition from the minority unionist block. The council will now write to Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan of the SDLP, on how to go about the change. Durkan is himself a native of Derry. According to TheJournal.ie, 28 councillors voted to seek...
  • Eurotunnel warns of lengthy delays due to ‘migrant activity’ (France)

    07/25/2015 6:46:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00AM BST 25 Jul 2015 | Camilla Turner
    Passengers using the shuttle to cross the channel face hours of delays following a brief suspension of services due to migrant activity at the French side of the Tunnel. On Saturday morning, those booked to take their vehicle to the continent were being warned of an hour delay to check in and a further four hours before departure. Frustrated car passengers in Folkestone—including local residents and people trying to go on holiday—face hours of queues. Eurotunnel suspended services for a brief period shortly before midnight due to “migrant activity”, adding that French authorities were dealing with the situation. …
  • Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences'

    06/19/2015 3:55:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 19 Jun 15 | Jeremy Bender
    (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an annual call-in show on Russian television, "Conversation With Vladimir Putin," in Moscow, April 16, 2015. Russia's ambassador to Sweden has warned the country of the potential military "consequences" associated with joining NATO in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, The Local reports. Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev told Dagens Nyheter that Russia does not have any military plans against Sweden, in line with Stockholm's alliance neutrality.
  • Should Germany exit the euro?

    07/24/2015 8:50:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.07.2015 | Maya E. Shwayder
    Through all the haggling and hair-pulling in the past months over more austerity, fewer creditors getting their money, and a dreaded “Grexit”—a scenario in which Greece would leave Europe’s currency union—at least four prominent economists in three major American publications have casually and quietly suggested there may be a third way: A German exit. That is, Germany should exit the euro, and clear the way for countries in the south of Europe—notably, Greece, Italy, Spain, and probably Portugal—to reconcile their debt with a greatly depreciated currency and maybe finally get a handle on their economies. The latest thinker to suggest...
  • Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU [and that's an ORDER!!]

    07/23/2015 7:13:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/23/15 | Barney Henderson
    “(The EU) is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous. “We want to make sure that the United Kingdom continues to have that influence,” Mr Obama told the BBC, reinforcing the importance Washington places on the UK remaining in the EU. He has previously acknowledged the need to try and “fix what is broken” with the EU before breaking the relationship. Mr Obama said David Cameron was an outstanding partner and praised the Government for committing earlier this month to Nato's defence spending pledge of two per...
  • Are We Going Towards a Post-Israel Middle East?

    07/23/2015 4:40:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:14 AM | Giulio Meotti
    For 2,000 years, following the annihilation of Jerusalem by the Romans, the Jewish people lived in exile from its holy places, while keeping its religion, language, and customs alive in an unparalleled act of collective memory. No other people in history has experienced so much suffering, or devoted so much energy to remembering. And when, in the XX century, the greatest of all disasters wiped out the Jews of Europe, the world seemed to undergo a brief fit of remorse. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize the State of Israel as a homeland in which the Jews could at...
  • PM: Israel Is Being Tried in Global Kangaroo Court

    07/22/2015 5:26:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 7/22/2015, 2:15 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the Knesset Wednesday in honor of visiting Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, and said that Israel is being accused by the world despite having committed no crime. "We are not without mistakes, but when we are painted as the source of evil in the world, that is a blatant lie that conjures up clear memories from the past,” Netanyahu said. “The attitude of the new anti-Semites is a direct continuation of the blood libels and the anti-Semitism throughout the ages. Jews were always falsely tried, throughout history. The Jewish state is on trial in a...
  • Decades of European Media Bias Against Israel

    07/22/2015 2:48:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:06 AM | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
    The strong bias that many European media hold against Israel has been documented for decades by a great variety of analysts. One of the first to do so was The Jerusalem Post editor David Bar-Illan. He gave many examples of media prejudice in his book, Eye on the Media, published in 1983 and based on his columns in the daily. […] During an interview some ten years after the publication of his book, Bar-Illan told me that the BBC was “by far the worst offender when it comes to Israel.” He said that there were hundreds of examples of BBC...
  • European Funds Behind Campaign to Erase Ancient Jewish Town

    07/21/2015 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 7/21/2015, 7:01 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brazen campaign to erase an ancient Jewish village from the map is being led by European-funded NGOs, a report has revealed, once more casting a spotlight on the leading role played by European state funding in the anti-Israel movement. The illegal Arab settlement of Khirbet Susiya, located next to the Jewish town of Susya in Judea, is currently the target of a demolition order by Israeli authorities, having been illegally constructed on the ruins of an ancient, Talmudic-era Jewish village of the same name. […] Now, it has been revealed that the campaign is being led by European-funded Israeli...
  • UN approves accreditation for Palestinian Return Center

    07/20/2015 11:20:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 11:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The United Nations approved U.N. accreditation Monday for the London-based Palestinian Return Center in a defeat for Israel which claims the organization is affiliated with Hamas and “openly promotes terrorism.” The center, which describes itself as an independent consultancy dedicated to find a solution for the Palestinian refugees in accordance with international law, has denied the Israeli allegations. It announced last Friday that it was starting legal action against Israel’s U.N. Mission for alleged defamation. […] Israel’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador David Roet said before the vote that the center “is not what it claims to be.” Roet said world media...
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal; EU Ministers Approve Pact Ahead of UN Vote

    07/20/2015 7:55:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 07/20/2015 | BY MARISSA NEWMAN AND AP
    The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The 15-0 approval of the Iran nuclear deal clears one of the largest hurdles for the landmark pact, which will now go before the US Congress where it may face an uphill battle for confirmation. The UN vote came shortly after the European Union approved the nuclear deal, okaying the pact between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran that lifts punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange...
  • Spiegel Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: ‘There Is No German Dominance’

    07/20/2015 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 17, 2015 – 07:29 PM | Klaus Brinkbäumer, Michael Sauga and Christian Reiermann
    Criticism of Germany’s role in the recent negotiations over Greece’s future has been fierce. Spiegel speaks with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble about the government in Athens, his own feelings about a Grexit and his relationship with Chancellor Merkel. […] Spiegel: Germany took on a leadership role in the negotiations with Greece—and adopted a “very patronizing tone,” as European Parliament President Martin Schulz lamented. Does it worry you that people across Europe are talking about a “new German dominance?” Schäuble: There is no German dominance. Germany is in a good position economically, that is undeniable. But in contrast to France and...
  • [Germany’s Economy] Minister: Iran must rethink stance on Israel

    07/20/2015 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2015 14:21 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany believes Iran should rethink its stance on Israel as last week’s nuclear deal means it must “bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad”, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday during his visit to the Islamic republic. […] “With the nuclear agreement and the economic recovery that will surely come after it, Iran will also bear new responsibilities, at home and abroad,” he told delegates at a conference in the capital. “You must understand that for us Germans, the security of the state of Israel is also of great importance. I understand how difficult the debate is, and we...
  • Germans are richer than ever before: study

    07/20/2015 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2015 16:51 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German private households collectively hold more wealth than ever before, according to a report released by the German Federal Bank on Monday. A strong labor market and comfortable incomes have helped German households’ financial assets to rise by €140 billion in the first quarter of the year, according to the report, climbing to €5.212 trillion—a record high. […] Germans still showed an “ongoing high level of risk aversion” and did not take advantage of low interest rates by taking out significant loans. […] But such wealth is not necessarily shared equally across the country. A study last year revealed that...
  • Minimum wage rise of 50c opposed by business groups (Ireland)

    07/20/2015 12:28:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon, Jul 20, 2015, 01:00 | Elaine Edwards
    Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commission is expected to recommend a rise of 50 cent per hour. The commission will present its report to Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash over the next few days and is expected to recommend an increase of about 50 cent per hour. IBEC, which represents Irish businesses, said the proposal was “at odds with all the economic evidence” and would “heap pressure on companies still struggling to stay in business and erode crucial competitiveness...